The Icing On The Fish

We’ve compiled such an awe-inspiring selection of wild outdoor tales this week, it was tough to decide which one should get top billing in The Outdoor News Hound. After thoughtful deliberation, we decided the story about hailstones in Mississippi that contained frozen minnows should probably lead the pack. Running a close second are tales about a ban on nude canoeing in Missouri, an 18-inch snake that was found inside a Montana trout, a gator assault (make that an assault using an alligator), and a black bear that trashed the interior of an expensive SUV in Colorado.

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Airline Sniffs-Out Missing Halibut

Officials with Continental Airlines’ baggage department in Anchorage, Alaska, report that they believe they’ve located the remains of Ray Bolanos’ filched flatfish (The Outdoor News Hound, July 7). This week you’ll read about a request for snakehead wranglers in Maryland, the Minnesota walleye fishermen who discovered a sunken airplane, and a scientific study that utilizes messages in floating bottles.

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National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses Formed

In a highly-promising initiative for wildlife management and the protection of sportsmen’s interests, leaders from several state legislative caucuses met the last week of June to show their support for a major effort to create and unify legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in state legislatures across the nation — and your intrepid Outdoor News Hound reporter was there! (OK, so we couldn’t pass up the offer for a day of striped bass fishing, to boot!). And despite a long holiday weekend and relatively slow news week, you’ll also find articles about a heinous halibut heist and ungulates on parade!

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Raptors And Rockets, Ribbons And Rodents

On this Fourth of July, the traditional fireworks display in rural Carnation, Wash., has been moved to another location so a pair of ospreys can quietly nest and hatch their eggs without being disrupted by the rockets’ red glare. Also, in our usual smorgasbord of outdoor appetizers, you’ll read about a big fish that took a young angler for a long ride, an unpatriotic squirrel, and the conservationist of American comic strips.

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Pure Fuelishness

With the price of gas at record highs across the country, wise consumers are doing all they can to make every drop of petroleum go as far as possible. That said, “wise” is probably not the adjective we’d use to best describe the Mississippi man who pulled into a gas station and filled his bass boat with fuel — literally. Rounding out our Outdoor News Hound extravaganza this week are reports on drive-by goose feeding in Indiana, an alligator that enjoys car rides, a Broder Buck update, and much more!

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Hair Today, Gone Fishing

Attention all of you folliclely-challenged anglers out there. Now, when you apply electronically for a fishing license on Montana’s state website, you have the option of choosing “bald” as a hair color. In this week’s installment of The Outdoor News Hound, you’ll also read about duck accents, a well-traveled cougar, and a short history of the first gun you probably ever owned.

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Shock And Awe Fishing

The act of taking game fish through the use of an electro-shocking device is known in some regions as “telephoning,” and in others as “monkey-fishing.” However, unless you’re a fisheries biologist studying aquatic science, this method is definitely not recommended. This week, two Florida brothers were arrested for such a shocking crime — about a mile from where they were found doing the same thing 25 years ago! In this week’s installment of The Outdoor News Hound, you’ll also read about camo-clad cops in the Keystone State, Minnesota’s first dove season in 58 years, and a short history of plastic fishing worms.

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Dearly Departed Create Fish Habitat

Here at the The Outdoor News Hound you recently read about the Irish shotgunner who wanted his cremated remains turned into targets for his fellow clay pigeon shooters. Now there’s an offbeat idea for the angler who’s looking for something, uh, a little different, if not eternal. Also this week, you’ll read about how a transplanted crawfish found itself in an Alaska stream, a sexy manatee hotline, an angler in Britain who resorts to an unusual surgical procedure to keep fishing, and much more!

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Buggy Over Cicadas

From Delaware to Illinois, billions (that’s right, BILLIONS!) of love-crazed cicadas are beginning to appear after 17 years underground. As a result, these wild-looking, red-eyed insects have been crawling, buzzing, dive-bombing and crunching their way into the outdoor news headlines all week. For your reading enjoyment, you’ll also find notes about a weird catch of the week and one lucky Florida turtle.

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